Oppn closes rank over Nitish remarks by Raghuvansh
However, Singh is in no mood to relent and says Nitish's Government is not using Central funds for developmental work.delhi Updated: Apr 30, 2007 18:06 IST
The Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes with an agitated Opposition demanding apology from Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh over certain "objectionable" remarks recently made against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
As BJP members trooped into the well, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee attempted to restore order saying the mnister had 'withdrawn' the remarks.
The Opposition, however, insisted the regret should come directly from the minister.
In no mood to relent, Singh said the Nitish Kumar Government was not using Central funds for developmental work and people in the state were suffering due to this.
After quick word from Parliamentary Affairs Minister P R Dasmunsi, the Minister sought to make light of his remarks in Bihar recently where he had reportedly said the Chief Minister's tongue should be pulled out.
Singh said such language was used in rural areas to make a point and should not be taken literally but this did not pacify the Opposition.
At one stage, Dasmunsi said the minister has stated that if there was anything derogatory in what he has said, such remarks could be expunged.
BJP deputy leader V K Malhotra asked how remarks made outside the House could be expunged from the proceedings.